Leading us in the Right Direction
From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.
Executive Board of Directors
Chris Vallejos, President and Chair of Finance
University of New Mexico
Associate Vice President
Chris diligently serves students in New Mexico as the Associate Vice President of Administration at the University of New Mexico. Eager to get involved, Chris came to the board by way of a transformative relationship with his Little Brother.
Scott Hindman, VP of Finance and Treasurer
Excellent Schools New Mexico
As the founding Executive Director of Excellent Schools New Mexico, Scott is invested in New Mexico children and believes that all families deserve access to a quality public education. In addition, Scott has been a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters for over ten years and served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board in Memphis. He has seen first-hand how mentoring has made a difference in his mentees' lives. Scott is currently a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico’s mentor2.0 program at Amy Biehl School where he is matched with Issac.
Mike Byrd, VP of Governance/ Secretary
Manual Lujan Agency
Construction Trades Specialist
Hailing from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mike specializes in financial analysis and strategy development for HUB international. Father to 3 girls, the mission speaks right to his heart: “I was attracted to Big Brothers Big Sisters because the organization changes lives for the better…our children should have every opportunity to succeed.”
Jeff Stuve, Immediate Past President
Cauwels and Stuve
A native of Farmington, our sitting Board President and a mentor in mentor2.0, Jeff is the Principal at Cauwels & Stuve Realty and Development. An active and vocal advocate for the organization, Jeff’s agenda is straightforward: “Helping kids.”
Adam Greenhood hails from San Francisco and works as the Creative Director and Principal at Esparza, an award-winning branding and marketing firm. “I had been aware of some of the great work Big Brothers Big Sisters was doing in the community,” Adam said, “but once I learned more, I had to get involved.” Adam is a mentor through mentor2.0 and served as Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2016 committee chair.
Secretary of State’s Office
Public Records Custodian
An attorney for the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico, Amy sometimes dreams of owning her own boutique. After years working with the Alzheimer’s Association, she found herself wanting to branch out. “Practicing family law for so long, it’s a joy to help kids develop lifelong relationships, and mentorships that so many are lacking.”
Andrea D. Harris
Carter & Valle Law Firm
Andrea Harris transplanted to Albuquerque from Minneola, Kansas eight years ago. She works as an attorney at Carter & Valle law firm, and is excited to “be a part of an organization that helps steer youth in the right direction in life.”
Clifton Larson Allen
Dave Leith has served the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years, and in nearly every capacity. A Principal at Clifton Larson Allen, he heads up the firm’s NM Real Estate Practice and its National Architect and Engineer Practice. He lives at 7,304 ft. altitude in Tijeras, New Mexico, but comes down from the clouds to meet with his Mentor2.0 mentee.
New Mexico Operations Site Leader
Dean became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Big Brothers Big Sisters champion Honeywell Industries, where he is a Site Leader. His passion for the mission, paralleled only by his passion for the Green Bay Packers, finds its roots in a close family member, once a Little and now a successful professional.
Jesus D. Ontiveros
Sandia National Laboratories
Jesus found his passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor in Mentor2.0. An avid philanthropist, he works as a Senior Manager at Sandia Labs. His philosophy is simple, direct and powerful: Build it and they will come.
Jim Smith, Donation Center Board President
“I heard a lot of whining… I thought I would try to do something other than whine,” Jim says, of his decision to serve the underprivileged youth of Central New Mexico as an active Big Brother Big Sister board member and fundraiser. Jim spends his days working as a commercial real estate broker and his free time as a mentor in mentor2.0.
Information Technology Specialist
DoD Civilian Retired
An Albuquerque native and retired Department of Defense Civilian employee, Lori demonstrates her commitment to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission not only by serving on the board, but as a Big Sister to her Little Sister, 8 years old, and a mentor2.0 high school junior. “The mentor2.0 program is a great way to connect with high school students and offer encouragement and direction where needed,” she explains. “I had such a great experience with being a mentor in mentor2.0 so I decided to become a Big Sister, too.”
DaVita Medical Group
Director of Special Projects
Mike is currently the Director of Special Projects at Davita Medical Group in New Mexico. Mike became familiar with Big Brothers Big Sisters through a workplace presentation by a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member. After learning about the impact he can make, Mike decided to become a mentor in the mentor2.0 program and a board member. He is currently a mentor to Nemecio who is student at South Valley Academy.
Bio coming soon
University of New Mexico Health Sciences
Senior Strategic Advisor
Bio coming soon
Bank of Albuquerque
Teri Mayhew hails from El Paso but has made Albuquerque her home. She manages a Bank of Albuquerque location by day; she spends her free time counseling her high school-aged mentee and daydreaming about guiding tourists through tropical jungles.